Today in Mormon History - May 25

Today in Mormon History ...

[Mark Hofmann] Ronald Vern Jackson displays forgery of Neeley court docket to support claim that Harris letter is a fake. (1)
-- 25 years ago - May 25, 1985

CHURCH SECTION prints Mrs. Horace Eaton's 1881 account that the prophet's mother Lucy Mack Smith performed various forms of divination, including palmistry. Apostle David O. McKay writes to N. B. Lundwall: "Regarding your proposed new book on "Temples of the Most High", I suggest that you confine your statistics to those which have already been approved by the General Authorities for publicity. Even some already published by the Arizona Temple, by Brother Frank T. Pomeroy, are now withheld from the general public. No statistics should be given out by any of the Temples until the items are first submitted to the First Presidency." (2)
-- 70 years ago - May 25, 1940

[Anointed Quorum] Sunday evening prayer circle at Willard Richards's office until 11:30 p.m. (or "12 Oclock," according to HCK) with Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, George A. Smith, Amasa M. Lyman, John E. Page, Orson Pratt, Newel K. Whitney, George Miller, Levi Richards, John Smith, Joseph Young, and William Clayton (HC, HCK, WC-S). (3)
-- 165 years ago - May 25, 1845

1 - Whittaker, David J., The Hofmann Maze, A Book Review Essay with a Chronology and Bibliography of the Hofmann Case, BYU Studies Vol. 29, No. 1, pg.80,
2 - On This Day in Mormon History,
3 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Signature Books, 1994, Appendex: Meetings and Initiations of the Anointed Quorum, 1842-45

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